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Product Review of Innov-is 990D Combination Sewing & Embroidery Machine with Built in Disney Designs

 Hello friends! I’ve got some exciting news to share with you today! I am the proud new owner of my first home sewing and embroidery machine! I recently joined forces with Brother Home Sewing and Embroidery and they are kindly sponsoring my journey into the world of sewing and machine embroidery!

 I’ve actually been sewing ever since I was a little kid. My mother and I took mother daughter sewing lessons together with the late Marilyn Goddard. As a teacher, Marilyn was a total stickler for details. I remember fondly creating my first button down collar shirt with a paper pattern, following all the intricate tailoring details correctly. The project took me so long that, by the time I’d finished the shirt I had literally OUTGROWN it!

Ever since that experience, I’ve had a tendency to gravitate toward projects that are quick and easy. I’ve had the opportunity to explore so many different project materials and techniques, but after seeing what wonderful projects my friend Linda Chilcott had created with machine embroidery, the technique had remained one of my “bucket list crafts” for quite some time. That is, until NOW…

Brother has been so kind as to provide me with one of their new state of the art Innov-is 990D Combination Sewing & Embroidery machines with built-in Disney designs! They also sent me several rolls of stabilizer and an assortment of polyester embroidery thread in a multitude of beautiful colors!

I must admit the reason machine embroidery remained a “bucket list craft” for so long was because, truthfully I was intimidated. I don’t have a lot of free time and I assumed that it would be a difficult and lengthy process for me to figure out how to use the machines, so I kept putting it off. Until now, when I decided to take the leap and finally try my hand at machine embroidery and boy was I wrong!

I started out with good intentions by first picking up the manual that came with the machine, contrary to my usual impatient style of just charging forward. The instructions in the manual were quite easy to follow and a few pages into chapter one, I was thrilled to discover that this machine actually contains a built in help application. This feature literally shows step-by-step illustrations on the screen on how to thread the machine, wind bobbins, replace the needle, etc. Right then I thought to myself, well so far so good – you can DO THIS GIRL! It was quite a relief!

 

I had no problem getting the machine threaded, so I forgot all about the manual and just started experimenting with lots of different stitch patterns. During the process, I noticed something. This machine has so many automated features that make sewing really easy and efficient! I particularly love the automatic thread cutter, needle threading lever, automatic backstitch feature and the button that lifts the needle up and down. Previously, I’d been sewing with the same old machine I’d had since childhood, so I had not realized how far technology had come!

Before even picking up the manual for a second time, I’d stitched buttonholes in various sizes, rows of cute alligators and my son and husband’s names in different fonts. I even figured out how to create my own custom stitch pattern of repeating alligators chasing hearts. Needless to say, that was a very proud moment for me! Between the vast varieties of stitch patterns and ability to create different combinations of them all, I realized there is no end to the creative possibilities that this machine offers! And yet, I hadn’t even begun to scratch the surface of actual machine embroidery! So, I figured if everything up until now was this easy, what have I got to lose!

So I picked back up the manual and guess what? Within minutes I was creating my first piece of machine embroidery, a modern joyful Mickey Mouse in profile! I was working very carefully, reading the manual, getting everything set up and following the directions step by step. Then I got to the step where I press the start button, and before I realized what was happening, Mickey quickly began appearing before my very eyes! I could not believe how easily this was all happening! I shouted downstairs to my son Joey to see the Mickey in progress! You could not imagine my delight when he immediately bolted up to my sewing room and enthusiastically exclaimed, “That is so COOL!” Mind you, my ten-year-old son is what I refer to as “craft spoiled”. Indeed it’s a very rare occasion when I actually impress him with one of my crafts. So naturally, I was thrilled thinking of all the fun ways we could bond over our new found passion of machine embroidery!

The Innov-is 990DCombination Sewing & Embroidery machine comes pre-loaded with 35 designs featuring Disney characters! Brother is the official licensee of Disney Embroidery Designs and is the only manufacturer to offer embroidery machines with built-in Disney designs as well as downloadable Disney designs on their exclusive embroidery download site, iBroidery.com. It also comes with 105 built in embroidery designs, 6 embroidery lettering fonts (in addition to the stitched fonts in my photo), 168 stitch styles and 120 frame pattern combinations. I haven’t even gotten into the frame patterns yet, but that’s what is so exciting about this new collaboration with Brother! I get to learn how to use this awesome machine and you get to join me in the adventure! Together we will start off simple as beginners by learning the basics, and before you know it we will be creating all sorts of fun and inspiring projects together!

So stay tuned! The adventure of a lifetime begins today!

Disclosure of Material Connections:

I am proud to be a Brother International Corporation sponsored blogger presenting truthful and accurate experiences with products provided by the Home Sewing & Embroidery Division of Brother.

 

Love and Kisses in the Mail

 

Designer Melissa Phillips created this adorable greeting card using the 3-in-1 Lush Lips and Mini Envelope dies from the Modern Surrealist licensed line of shape cutters for Sizzix!

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I love how Melissa used the sheer vellum to create a see through envelope to hold and display the assorted sparkly sequins inside! It reminds me of the baby book where my mom kept a lock of my hair from my first haircut! What an inspiring use of the Mini Envelope die! My brain is overflowing with sheer envelope ideas now!

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At the bottom of the card she signs off with three sweet paper kisses made using the Lush Lips die cut. I really like her flagrant use of the stapler as a way of connecting the layered pieces that make up the love arrow. I am looking forward to Valentines Day so I can replicate this card for my loved ones!

DIY Magic Bracelet | Sizzix Teen Craft

Teen craft sensations Courtney Chambers and Tanner Bell of the wildly popular DIY craft site A Little Craft in Your Day guide you through the process of creating these fabulous, funky, fresh embellished braided pleather bracelets using the Magic Bracelet die from the Marisa Pawelko Modern Surrealist line of licensed shape cutters for Sizzix! Once you get the hang of the braiding technique you will literally be cranking out these fabulous bracelets in no time!

DIY Sunglasses Picture Canvas | Sizzix Teen Craft

Just in time for summer! It’s getting HOT in here!!! Teen DIY crafting expert Tanner Bell shows off this fun and thrifty home decor project idea featuring the uber-mega-awesome 3 in 1 Sunglasses die from the new Marisa Pawelko Modern Surrealist shape cutting collection with Sizzix. This versatile shape cutting tool allows you to cut 80’s style shutter shades, Lolita heart sun glasses and Ray Ban-esque James Dean glasses all in one pass! I love Tanner’s clever use of the free paint swatch samples, a fun craft supply you can pick up at any hardware store in tons of fun colors! Stay tuned for more fun DIY project tutorials coming soon!

Sizzix Tutorial | Love Note Mini Envelopes by Audrey Pettit

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Today Sizzix featured an awesome new project idea created by design team member Audrey Pettit called Love Note Mini Envelopes which incorporates two of the licensed Modern Surrealist for Sizzix steel rule dies that I designed – the Mini Envelope and Thought Talk Bubbles. Click HERE for a full step-by-step project tutorial.

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I love that Audrey took these dies and created this awesome project in her own very elegant and individualized crafting style! There are lots of cool project ideas for things you can make using the shape cutters I designed on the Sizzix website which are done in my signature outrageous style. I really like how this designer took those same shapes and incorporated them into a project which reflects her own unique signature style!  Here you can see how Audrey cleverly used the mini envelope as an interactive design accent on the front of a handmade greeting card!

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Crafters may purchase this fun collection of shape cutters in independent and chain craft supply stores as well as on Amazon.com. These shape cutting tools work with a variety of machines, but their small size and portability make them ideal for using with the Sizzix SophistiCut die cutting machine.

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Stay tuned for more fresh new project ideas using the Modern Surrealist for Sizzix line of licensed shape cutting tools coming soon!